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Empire State Building Displays LED Lights

The new LED lighting system on the Empire State Building allows customized lighting of more than 16 million colors.

Help the Empire State Building shine brighter when you vote for the color of the LED lights. The historic building is letting voters choose the official standard colors for its new LED tower lights.

Designed by Philips Color Kinetics, the new LED lighting system allows customized lighting from a palette of more than 16 million colors. And that’s not including the many special effects and animations.

Each night the Empire State Building will shine each of its sides in a different shade of the same color until January 20th. Colors will include red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, and pink – a total of 28 color choices.

The lights will be an amazing display of the power of LED, one of the most versatile and popular lighting technologies designed for energy efficiency.

Voting is open to everyone at the building’s official Facebook page. The final seven colors will be announced the week of January 21, 2013.

Source: Mashable

Importance of Emergency Lighting

Emergency and exit signs should be an essential component when upgrading your lighting system.

Exit signs and emergency lights are generally not the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about energy efficiency. But that doesn’t mean property and building managers shouldn’t consider efficient lighting fixtures.

In fact, emergency lighting  and exit signage are essential for accidents or catastrophic events that require a safe and smooth evacuation from a building. It provides illumination allowing people to see clearly, avoid obstacles and move confidently to the nearest exit in a crisis.

Emergency ballasts allow an existing light fixture to operate in emergency battery mode during a power outage. In the event of a power failure, the emergency battery ballast operates the fixture, powering the lamp for a minimum of 90 minutes from the built-in backup battery.

So when you consider updating your lighting fixtures, don’t forget about emergency lighting as an essential component.

Lighting Controls Are Next

A recent report on intelligent lighting controls can shed a lot of light on their benefits.
Lighting control systems involve a variety of new technologies that reduce a building’s energy usage by monitoring lighting, occupancy, heating, and much more.

Building owners and managers often use control systems to meet building codes and regulations that are needed for energy efficiency.

The report analyzes the opportunity for intelligent controls across nine building types including offices, retail spaces, hotels and restaurants, and warehouses.

Source: The Sacramento Bee

U.S. Senate Committee Hearing

Last week, the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee heard testimony on innovative ways for financing energy efficient building retrofits.

A panel of energy and real estate experts told Congress it could improve building energy efficiency, without ongoing governmental funding, by “streamlining efficiency standards and encouraging innovative financing techniques.”

As more and more business look to energy efficient buildings to reduce expenses, improve property values, create productive working areas, and reduce toxic pollution, the testimony could not come at a better time. In fact, the panel, which included the CEO of Real Estate Roundtable (RER), Jeffrey Deboer, testified that energy efficiency is critical to their businesses, and many clients seek out energy efficient buildings.

There’s no doubt that the energy efficiency industry is growing and creating jobs, so the need to invest in efficient buildings is a definite bright spot for future investments.

The full committee hearing can be heard here.

Source: Natural Resources Defense Council 

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